Results & reporting
• Studies and documents •
At the start of the project we carried out a comparative study of the development and implementation of land stewardship in the Mediterranean Arc and Europe based on responses to a questionnaire and interviews in the three focus areas of the study (Mediterranean areas of Italy, France and Spain). With the aim of extending LandLife’s outreach, we created a database of LIFE projects related to land stewardship and biodiversity and produced a study report on the results of LIFE projects considered relevant for land stewardship. More documents and information can also be found under the Information Resources section of our website.
• European Land Stewardship Week •
The first European Land Stewardship Week took place from 28th September to 7th October 2012. A separate but linked website was created for the Land Stewardship Week and this website has received more than 45,000 visits since its creation. One of the campaign activities invited citizens to connect with nature through photography. More than 250 pictures from more than 10 countries were received. During the European Land Stewardship Week, 231 organisations and institutions from 22 countries held a total of 421 activities. Moreover, approximately 15,000 people took part in the different activities organised during this week. The initiative appeared in different media, such as regional newspapers and TV programmes.
Due to the success of the first European Land Stewardship Week, a second edition took place in 2014 from 26th September to 5th October. During the 10 days, 260 organisations and institutions from 18 European countries arranged more than 340 events to promote nature and land conservation. People were also encouraged to connect with nature through photography and more than 220 images were submitted via the website, Twitter and Instagram. You can view the images on the Land Stewardship Week website
• European Manual on Land Stewardship •
In 2013 we published the European Land Stewardship Manual “Caring together for nature - land stewardship as a tool to promote social involvement with the natural environment in Europe”, which includes real case studies from different European countries, explanations of land stewardship principles, and advice on setting up successful and effective land stewardship agreements. The full version is available to download in English and shorter versions are available in English, French, Catalan, Spanish and Italian. Hard copies were also distributed.
• Workshops •
In 2013 we organised Regional Land Stewardship workshops in France (22-23 April), Italy (10-11 May) and Spain (29-31 May). These three workshops brought together over 190 participants to share information and build practical know-how on how to apply land stewardship agreements and improve their management. Participants attended expert presentations, took part in active discussions and brainstorming activities, and had the opportunity to visit and learn about examples of land stewardship agreements on the ground through field trips. More information on the workshops and their results are available through the three workshop reports and an overall workshop report.
• Online course •
Two editions of the Land Stewardship online course ran in 2014. The first edition took place from 15th September to 30th October 2014, and was followed by a second edition from 10th November to 23rd December. In total, 60 students took the online course and positive feedback was received from the participants.
• Helpdesk and Toolkit •
In 2012 we launched a Land Stewardship Helpdesk to allow people interested or already working in land stewardship to have their questions answered by an expert advisor. Several questions have been submitted to the Helpdesk and answered by our advisers. It is still possible to ask questions on the Helpdesk and anyone interested can apply to become an expert advisor. In 2014 we published the Land Stewardship Toolkit, which provides European Land Stewardship organisations with the tools they need to develop and implement land stewardship projects. The Toolkit is available to download in English.
• Regional visits and land stewardship agreements •
Throughout the LandLife project, the partners Xarxa de Custòdia del Territori, le Conservatoire d'Espaces Naturels du Languedoc-Roussillon, and Legambiente Lombardia paid regular visits to local and regional land stewardship actors, which resulted in several new land stewardship agreements.
• Communication •
Launched in 2012, the LandLife website was the project’s main portal of communication and has grown to become an exhaustive source of information about land stewardship in Europe. In addition to explaining the project and providing varied resources and information on land stewardship in Europe, the website hosts an informative Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section. In 2012 the first LandLife Newsletter was sent out and regular Newsletters were sent to over 500 subscribers throughout the project. Dissemination of project information was also reinforced by our presence on Facebook and Twitter and via our partners’ websites and social networks.
Other communication materials produced during the project include the tale "What's going on at the pond?" (available in English, Catalan and Italian) and a song for children, the Share Experiences map, which highlights case studies from across Europe. Land Stewardship experiences were also gather via a series of interviews, which you can watch on the LandLife YouTube channel. Stefan Leiner, Head of the Nature Unit of the European Commission’s DG Environment, also produced a video statement for the project.
• Green Week and other events •
The project partners promoted LandLife at Green Week 2012, as well as other fairs, events, workshops and conferences attended throughout the project.
• European Congress on Land Stewardship •
The culmination of all the successful events and cooperation over the course of the LandLife project was the first European Congress on Land Stewardship, which took place in Barcelona from 5th to 8th November 2014. The Congress brought together a wide range of individuals and organisations working on or interested in land stewardship to explore current examples of land stewardship, as well as future possibilities for new initiatives and agreements across Europe. 250 people attended the Congress, 13 workshops were organised, 26 short communications were presented, and 23 posters about specific land stewardship initiatives were displayed in a poster exhibition. Participants also took part in two field trips to witness land stewardship in action.
You can download the workshop presentations and results from the LandLife website and watch a short video about the Congress on our YouTube channel. More information on the Congress can also be found on the Congress dedicated section of our website.
• Barcelona Declaration and European Land Stewardship Network •
During the LandLife Congress the Barcelona Declaration was signed by the project partners, as well as Fundació Catalunya la Pedrera, Deutschen Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU), the Government of Catalonia, Fundación Biodiversidad, Foro de Redes y Entidades de Custodia del Territorio and the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (CSOP). The Barcelona Declaration sets out our commitment to foster land stewardship in Europe and to establish a European Land Stewardship Network in order to build on the work carried out during the four years of the project. The Barcelona Declaration is available to download in English , Catalan, Spanish, French, Italian, Greek, Euskera, Galego and Czech. It is also still possible to sign the Barcelona Declaration, either as an (public or private) organisation or as an individual.
• Results video •
You can watch a video that showcases the results of the LandLife project, on our YouTube channel.
An image from the children's storybook "What's going on at the pond?"